Monday, 22 April, 2019

How will Marcus Smart's injury affect the Celtics in playoffs?

Marcus Smart Marcus Smart
Jennie Wade | 14 April, 2019, 02:26

Ranked fourth in the Eastern Conference, the Celtics, who tote a 49-33 record, will face the resilient 48-34 Indiana Pacers in the opening round of the playoffs.

If the Celtics somehow overcome the Pacers without Smart, a physical defender and reliable play maker, the Celtics will miss him potentially in the second round where the top-ranked Milwaukee Bucks await.

Boston Celtics guard Marcus Smart will be sidelined four-to-six weeks with a partial avulsion of the left oblique abdominal muscle, the team announced Wednesday, per The Athletic's Jared Weiss. He left their game against the Orlando Magic on Sunday. Tatum's MRI came back clean, and he hopes to be available for Boston's first playoff game. Trying to crash down into the paint on defense, Smart collided with Magic big man Nikola Vucevic and immediately crumpled to the ground in pain.

Smart suffered the injury midway through the third quarter, and it was initially expected to be a minor knock. In 80 appearances this season, Smart averaged 8.9 points, 2.9 rebounds and four assists per. Eventually, he got to his feet and, with the help of trainers, hobbled to the locker room.

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Boston is set to face IN in the first round of the National Basketball Association playoffs.

Smart was doing what he does best, sacrificing his body for a loose ball, before falling directly on his hip.

Look for Jaylen Brown or Gordon Hayward to fill his spot in the starting lineup for the time-being with an increased role from reserve guard Terry Rozier off the bench.

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